Urgent Alert: Please take action to stop the stoning of Intisar Sharif Abdalla in Sudan

UPDATE 3 July 2012: On 22 June, an appellate court vacated Intisar Sharif Abdalla’s sentence and ordered a new trial based on defects in the original trial. On 3 July, the trial court found no evidence to proceed with the trial and dismissed the charges.  Intisar has been freed from prison.  Thank you for taking action.

On 13 May 2012, Intisar Sharif Abdalla, a mother of three, was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery under Article 146 of the Sudanese penal code by the Ombada General Criminal Court in Khartoum State, Sudan. Intisar, who initially denied the charges, “admitted” to adultery after being beaten and tortured by her brother. She was sentenced to death by stoning solely based on her coerced admission and was denied access to a lawyer at the hearing. In addition, she was not provided with an interpreter to translate the court proceeding conducted in Arabic, which is not her native language. Her co-accused denied the charges and was never prosecuted. Currently, Intisar, along with her four month old son, is being held in the Omdurman women’s prison. She has appealed the decision of the Ombada General Criminal Court.

Please join Equality Now in calling on Sudanese officials to immediately and unconditionally release Intisar Sharif Abdalla, declare a moratorium on death by stoning, commute all sentences of death by stoning, and prohibit all cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments. In addition, urge Sudanese officials to conduct a comprehensive review of the provisions of the Criminal Act of Sudan, 1991, and in particular Article 146, with a view to removing all provisions that discriminate against, or have a discriminatory impact on, women.

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http://www.equalitynow.org/take_action/discrimination_in_law_action_9